The President of the United States
in the name of The Congress
takes pleasure in presenting the
Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Staff Sergeant,
U.S. Army, Company D, 2d Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. Place
and Date: Near Hue, Republic of Vietnam, 21 February 1968. Entered service at:
Jacksonville, Fla. Born: 18 June 1942, Port St. Joe, Fla.
For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and
beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Sims distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader
with Company D. Company D was assaulting a heavily fortified enemy position concealed
within a dense wooded area when it encountered strong enemy defensive fire. Once within
the woodline, S/Sgt. Sims led his squad in a furious attack against an enemy force which
had pinned down the 1st Platoon and threatened to overrun it. His skillful leadership
provided the platoon with freedom of movement and enabled it to regain the initiative.
S/Sgt. Sims was then ordered to move his squad to a position where he could provide
covering fire for the company command group and to link up with the 3d Platoon, which was
under heavy enemy pressure. After moving no more than 30 meters S/Sgt. Sims noticed that a
brick structure in which ammunition was stocked was on fire. Realizing the danger, S/Sgt.
Sims took immediate action to move his squad from this position. Though in the process of
leaving the area 2 members of his squad were injured by the subsequent explosion of the
ammunition, S/Sgt. Sims' prompt actions undoubtedly prevented more serious casualties from
occurring. While continuing through the dense woods amidst heavy enemy fire, S/Sgt. Sims
and his squad were approaching a bunker when they heard the unmistakable noise of a
concealed booby trap being triggered immediately to their front. S/Sgt. Sims warned his
comrades of the danger and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the device as it exploded,
taking the full impact of the blast. In so protecting his fellow soldiers, he willingly
sacrificed his life. S/Sgt. Sims' extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life is in
keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon
himself and the U.S. Army.